The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Socrates involved in political conflict?

2. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?

3. Why did Socrates begin his practice of Socratic inquiry?

4. What was Socrates' objection to Euthyphro prosecuting his relative?

5. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

2. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

3. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

4. What is "epistemology"?

5. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

6. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

7. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

8. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

9. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

10. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the characters in "The Last Days of Socrates." What was this person's relationship to Socrates? Did this person affect Socrates' decisions in any way? If so, how? What were this person's core beliefs? What topic did they debate with Socrates? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates refuses to leave Athens and escape his punishment because he felt that it was just to stay. Do you agree? Would it have been better for Socrates to have fled Athens? Why or why not? What do you think you would do in this situation? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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